Hello Dear Readers,
My blog is going to look a little different this April. Why? I decided I just don’t have enough challenges in my life, so…
Tomorrow I’m beginning the A to Z Blog Challenge. For every day in April except Sundays, I will write a blog post that features a corresponding letter of the alphabet. Talk about challenging, especially when I get to letters like “Q” and “X”!
In honour of my blog’s theme, each post will have something to do with living a life less ordinary. Some posts will be helpful tips and tricks, some will be interviews with people who are living kickass lives, and some will be personal stories. And don’t worry–I’ll still continue with Fiction Fridays. I’ll just have to be more creative with how I name the posts.
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately. I’ve been taking the easy way out much too often. If something is unfamiliar or requires extra effort, I’ll avoid it or procrastinate so long that the project takes three times the amount of hours that it needs to.
I’ll give you an example. I heard about this awesome contest that sounded perfect for me. The winner gets to spend two months on a gorgeous island, promoting everything that island life has to offer. I love island life–I’m going to be moving to an island in the not-so-distant future. And I’ve been in marketing and public relations for more years than I’d like to admit. I was really pumped about entering, and then I read the fine print.
The contest required a video application.
“Oh well,” I thought. “There goes that idea.”
Why did I reject the idea of putting together a video? I have lots of on-camera experience. I had some thoughts about how I could make it really fun. So what was the problem, then?
I wrote off the idea of doing a video because it was “too much work”. It would take more effort than simply writing something and sending it off, like I’d done with other contests.
When I realized what I was doing–that I was willing to pass up an amazing opportunity just because it would take some effort–I knew I had to change my way of thinking.
So with the help of some phenomenal friends, I did it! I made a video, and on April 1, I will give you guys the first peek at both my video and the bio I wrote for this contest.
While I would love to win the contest, the fact that I put myself out there in the first place was a huge win for me. I don’t want to be the kind of person who takes the easy way out–that’s not my style.
How about you, Dear Readers? Have you ever found yourself in a comfort zone rut? What did you do to get out of it?